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#1 Shannon

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

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Police in NH searching for missing college student, native of Westboro



Thursday, October 11, 2012

By Scott J. Croteau

Police in Chester, N.H., are asking for the public's help in locating a missing University of New Hampshire student who graduated from Westboro High School last year.

Elizabeth Marriott, 19, was last heard from in a text message about 9 p.m. Tuesday. She sent a text message to a friend saying she was headed to a friend's house in Portsmouth, according to police.

Ms. Marriott commutes from Chester to the nearby college, in Durham. She lives with a family member in Chester.

Officer Nicholas McLellan said no one has communicated with the 2011 Westboro High School graduate since Tuesday.

Ms. Marriott drives a tan 2001 Mazda Tribute with a New Hampshire license plate of 3045397. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Chester police at (603) 887-2080.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

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Search for missing Westborough girl enters third day, reward offered

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Posted: Oct 11, 2012 1:59 PM MDT
Updated: Oct 12, 2012 10:10 AM MDT

CHESTER, N.H. (AP) — As the search for a missing University of New Hampshire student from Westborough enters a third day, her family is now offering a reward for information about her.

Police said 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, a commuter student at UNH, was last seen Tuesday night.

According to police, Marriott attended a 9 p.m. class on Tuesday and texted a friend that she wanted to meet up in Dover after.

Marriott never showed up to the meeting and never returned to her aunt's house in Chester, where she was living. She also missed work the following day at a Target store in Greenland.

Police said they were able to determine that Marriott's cell phone got a signal from a cell tower in Dover, N.H. at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday. That was the last signal the cell phone received.

Police also said her bank accounts had not been used since Tuesday.

Marriott's father told Fox 25 News that his daughter was very responsible and her disappearance is totally out of character.

"She's always been very responsible for doing the things she needs to do and reporting in," said Robert Marriott.

Marriott said his daughter was a 2011 graduate of Westborough High School and was studying marine biology at UNH.

"She's bouncy and full of energy. There's always a smile on her face," said Marriott. "I would like nothing more than to get a phone call: 'Hi dad, here I am, come get me.'"

According to Marriott's uncle, the text sent at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday was to her good friend in Westborough, saying she was hanging out with friends she met through work at Target.

Her uncle said when they didn't see her car the next morning, they just figured she spent the night. When Thursday morning came and she still wasn't home and her friend contacted her parents to say she also hadn't heard from her since that text, they contacted police.

Marriott's aunt told FOX 25's Catherine Parrotta that Friday is the Marriott's 25th wedding anniversary and now their oldest child is missing. Said a bus of Westborough High School students are on their to Dover to hang flyers.

On Wednesday the Marriott family put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to Lizzi.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:43 PM

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New Hampshire man charged in killing of missing UNH student from Westborough

10/13/2012 9:54 PM

By Dan Adams and Derek J. Anderson, Globe Correspondent

DOVER, N.H. — A 29-year-old New Hampshire man has been charged with the murder of missing college student Elizabeth Marriott, whom friends and relatives described as a strong, artistic woman pursuing her studies in marine biology.

Seth J. Mazzaglia of Dover was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, New Hampshire’s assistant attorney general, James C. Vara, said at a press conference in Dover Saturday.

Vara would not elaborate on Mazzaglia’s relationship with Marriott, how Marriott died, or others details of the case, citing the “integrity of the ongoing investigation.”

Marriott, a 19-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire Durham and a native of Westborough, Mass., has been missing since Tuesday night after leaving the school’s campus to visit friends in Dover.

Vara said authorities were still searching for Marriott’s body on Saturday. Susan Morrell, a spokeswoman for New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, confirmed that police activity observed on Pierce Island in Portsmouth was related to the search.

“We’re following the leads that we’ve been given in the investigation, and that has led us to the island,” Morrell said. She declined to name the source of that information, but said “the search will continue all day and night.”

Mazzaglia is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in Dover, Morrell said.

A vigil was held Saturday night in Westborough, where the victim’s father, Bob Marriott, addressed more than a hundred people huddled together in the cold.

“Together we created an angel, and she is home in heaven,” he said before breaking into tears and joining the crowd.

Pastor John Taylor of the First United Methodist Church in Westborough led the vigil, which began with a single lit candle on a table in front of the crowd on the Bay State Commons.

“This light right here, on this little table, here in the center of Westborough, will represent for us tonight the light of God … and also represent the light that is Lizzi Marriott,” Taylor said.

Marriott was a confident and quirky girl, 17-year-old Emily Williams said at the vigil.

“I always looked up to her as a person,” she said, explaining that she and Marriott knew each other through family friends and grew up with each other. “I always wanted to aspire to be [like her].”

Earlier in the day, Robert Hoyt, a family friend who was handling media requests, said the Marriotts were “still in mourning and disbelief. Their daughter was just home on Sunday and now they don’t have her.”

Hoyt said Marriott was a high school prom queen with an artistic bent and was passionate about her study of marine biology at UNH. “She was musical and artistic, and she had her whole life in front of her,” Hoyt said.

A statement released by the Marriott family asked the public: “Please pray for the dedicated rescue professionals who continue to look for Lizzi. We need them to find her and bring her home.”

The statement thanked “everyone for the support and prayers in this most difficult of times” as well as the press for being an “ally” that brought attention to the case.

Marriott had been living with her aunt in Chester, N.H., and commuting to classes in Durham. The aunt, Rebecca Tyning, described her niece as “an energetic college student pursuing her dreams.” Tyning said her neice loved working as a volunteer at the Boston Aquarium.

“She must have been caught off guard,” said Nicole Downey, a Westborough woman who attended the news conference and described herself as Marriott’s “best friend” from high school. “We used to playfully get in fights and she was strong. She could defend herself if she needed to.”

Downey and her mother, Dawn, made the trip to the Dover news conference from Westborough, where friends and family had assembled to join a search party before authorities told them to “stand down” Saturday morning.

Downey said she had never heard Marriott mention Mazzaglia. Downey said she had a “casual conversation” with Marriott on Tuesday about her classes, and nothing seemed amiss. The conversation came just hours before her disappearance.

Dawn Downey said Marriott was a “beautiful girl” who was the prom queen at Westborough High School, where she graduated in 2011. However, she said, Marriott was “too trusting.”

“We were hoping she just made a teenage mistake and ran off,” she said. “We wanted to be able to yell at her for putting us through all this… I wish it didn’t end this way. She was a wonderful girl.”

The family had offered a $10,000 reward for Marriott’s safe return and, along with investigators and friends, organized searches of the coastal areas near Portsmouth before Saturday’s announcement.

On a website that appeared to belong to Mazzaglia, he describes himself as an “actor, writer, and fight choreographer” who has appeared in theater productions in southern New Hampshire. The site also lists an address on Mill Street in Dover, where police were seen Friday night, according to media reports.

The website, sjmazzaglia.com, was available only intermittently by late Saturday afternoon, possibly due to an overload of Web traffic after his arrest.

On the site, Mazzaglia also detailed his martial arts accomplishments, including a third degree black belt in Okinawan Karate and sword technique.

Bob Modee said he taught karate lessons alongside Mazzaglia at the Kittery Community Center in Kittery for several years.

“I’m completely stunned about what’s happening,” Modee said. “I’m having trouble even speaking, I’m in so much shock.”

A spokeswoman for UNH, Erika Mantz, confirmed that Mazzaglia graduated from the school in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in theater. An article written for the Chronicle of Higher Education and posted on UNH’s website in 2005 describes Mazzaglia as an actor who starred in a Shakespearean production.

“We were greatly saddened to learn of Lizzi’s death and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends,” said UNH president Mark W. Huddleston in a statement.

“Lizzi was a new member of the university community and will be missed in our classrooms. Our focus now will be on supporting our campus community during this difficult time.”

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:47 PM

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Elizabeth Marriott: Missing UNH student confirmed dead by state police, arrest made

Posted: Oct 13, 2012 1:04 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 13, 2012 7:12 PM EDT

(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Police have made an arrest in the death of a UNH student who was reported missing by family and friends on Wednesday.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Mill Street in Dover, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. He will be arraigned for second degree murder on Monday.

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, along with the FBI and assisting police departments, held a press conference at 1 p.m. on Saturday to announce that the missing 19-year-old was dead and that an arrest had been made.

Authorities said that Marriott and Mazzaglia "knew each other," but would not elaborate.

In a statement, Marriott's family thanked the authorities, the media, volunteers, and the UNH campus community for their involvement in the investigation. They asked for privacy during this difficult time.

"This is the worst parents nightmare, a missing child and with an unfavorable outcome. Please pray for the dedicated rescue professionals who continue to look for Lizzi. We need them to find her and bring her home."

During the press conference, police also said that Marriott's car was found at the UNH campus in Durham.

Mazzaglia graduated from UNH in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in theater.

UNH President Mark W. Huddleston also commented on the tragedy and released a statement saying that the university is "greatly saddened to learn of Lizzi's death." Huddleston extended his sympathies to Marriott's family and friends.

In Lizzi's honor, a moment of silence will be observed at the beginning of the men's hockey game on Saturday night.

The university counseling staff will be available to students who would like to speak with someone.

Marriott, a sophomore in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH, was a commuter student residing with family in Chester. She was studying marine biology.

Marriott was last seen on Tuesday. She sent a text to friends around 9 p.m. that night saying she would meet them in Dover, but never showed up. Marriott also failed to show up for work on Wednesday which according to family and friends is out of character.

Marriott's family reported her missing on Thursday when she did not return home.

A candlelight vigil is being held tonight at Bay State Commons in Westborough at 7 p.m. in support of the family and to remember Lizzi.

A special fund "The Marriott Family Fund" has been established at the Central One Federal Credit Union. Donations in support of the family may be made to:

Central One Federal Credit Union
714 Main Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Or contact the Credit Union for direct deposit requirements at 508-842-7400

Anyone with information pertaining to Marriott's death is asked to contact the Dover Police Department 603-742-4646 or the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

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Search for body of UNH student put on hold for day

10/14/2012

A New Hampshire prosecutor says the search for the body of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student has been suspended ahead of the arraignment for an actor and martial arts instructor who's been charged in her death.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Sunday that a ground and water search on and around Portsmouth's Peirce Island is expected to resume Monday. She says waters around the island were dangerous on Sunday.

Twenty-nine-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover was charged Saturday with second-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. Marriott was from Westborough, Mass., and had been living with an aunt in Chester, N.H., and commuting to the university in Durham.

Young said Mazzaglia and Marriott knew each other, but she wouldn't elaborate. Mazzaglia's arraignment is Monday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

An actor and martial arts instructor was charged in the death of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared last week, and the girl's family pleaded for her to be brought home.

Law enforcement officials believe Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, a marine biology major who volunteered at the New England Aquarium, is dead. The search for her body was continuing, Assistant Attorney General James Vara said Saturday.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, was charged with second-degree murder.

"This is the worst parents' nightmare, a missing child and with an unfavorable outcome," Marriott's family said in a statement Saturday. The family asked for prayers for rescue personnel who are looking for their daughter, saying they need to "bring her home."

At a vigil for Marriott in her hometown of Westborough, Mass., on Saturday night, her father, Robert, choked back tears while speaking to the hundreds who had gathered.

"Together we created an angel," he said, "and tonight she is home in heaven."

Vara said Mazzaglia knew Marriott, but declined to say how or what led to his arrest. He said police had credible information leading them to believe Marriott is dead, though he wouldn't elaborate. Mazzaglia was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

A family friend, Dawn Downey of Westborough, Mass., described Marriott as an attractive young woman who was active in chorus in high school and was prom queen during her junior year. Marriott was helping to put herself through college by working at Target.

"She was just a good girl. That's probably what got her in trouble. She was too trusting and she was beautiful. Those two things will kill you," Downey said.

Marriott had attended a class Tuesday night and made plans to visit friends in Dover. Her cellphone was last used in Dover that night, according to fliers that family members posted around town. Her car was later found in a parking lot on campus in Durham.

"We were greatly saddened to learn of Lizzi's death and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends," UNH President Mark W. Huddleston said in a statement. "Lizzi was a new member of the university community and will be missed in our classrooms. Our focus now will be on supporting our campus community during this difficult time."

The university was making counselors available to students. A moment of silence was observed in Marriott's honor at the school's hockey game Saturday night.

Marriott was a 2011 graduate of Westborough High School in Massachusetts. She lived with an aunt in Chester and commuted to the Durham campus. A message seeking comment was left with her parents.

Downey's daughter Nicole, who was Marriott's best friend, described Marriott as a "fun-loving and goofy" young woman who got along easily with others and had a wide circle of friends. She also was a good student who loved animals and science and volunteered at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Nicole Downey said.

"It was a shock to me when I found out she was missing. That was not like her at all," she said. "She was just all around a great person. I don't know why anyone would want to hurt her."

Mazzaglia, who graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in theater, was active in the arts, performing in several dozen plays and musicals over the last decade in southern New Hampshire.

He also was a martial arts instructor who described himself on websites as having a black belt in karate and being familiar with several forms of martial arts and weapons. And he listed other interests including juggling.

Robert Modee, a friend of Mazzaglia's and a martial arts instructor in Kittery, Maine, said he was struggling to comprehend how Mazzaglia could be charged with murder.

"I don't understand what's going on right now," he told the Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover, N.H. "I'm completely floored with all this."

Mazzaglia was in custody Saturday and could not be reached. It was unclear whether he had a lawyer.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:01 PM

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Elizabeth Marriott: Police eye second arrest in case of N.H. student, report says

October 17, 2012 3:38

(CBS) DOVER, N.H. - Officials say a second person may be arrested in connection with the case of 19-year-old Elizabeth Marriott, a University of New Hampshire student believed to have been killed a week ago.

Police are investigating claims that Marriott may have suffered a suffocation death during a sexual encounter with 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia and another woman, CBS Boston reports.

Marriott was last seen on Oct. 9 after attending an evening class in Dover. Mazzaglia was charged Saturday with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Marriott in his apartment that night.

A law enforcement official who spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday said that additional arrests should be expected, the Portsmouth Herald reported.

But Associate Attorney General Jane Young said Wednesday that authorities do not have enough evidence to charge a second person in connection with Marriott's death, according to the Herald.

"We bring a charge when there's evidence," Young said. "What I maintain in this case, is if the evidence brings us to the fact that another person was or other persons were involved then other charges would be brought."

Marriott's body has not been found, but authorities have been searching the waters around Peirce Island in nearby Portsmouth in hopes of finding her.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:09 PM

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Search for body of missing UNH student to continue all weekend

October 19. 2012 11:30PM

By GRETYL MACALASTER

PORTSMOUTH — Crews will continue water searches for the body of 19-year-old Lizzi Marriott through the weekend if necessary, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

Associate Attorney General Jane Young said Friday that four boats were out on the water, the eighth day crews have searched around Peirce Island for the missing University of New Hampshire sophomore.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of 1 Mill St., Apt. 341, in Dover has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly suffocating and/or strangling Marriott in his apartment on the night of Oct. 9, the last day she was heard from.

Young said “credible information” led them to Peirce Island and the surrounding waters to search for her body.

Multiple agencies have been involved in the search effort. Helicopters from Maine and New Hampshire conducted air searches as far out as the Isles of Shoals. Up to four boats have been on the water every day scouring the area.

So far Young said they have not discussed an end date for the search.

The AG's office has not released any new information on the homicide investigation since a press conference on Monday. The Dover Police Department is leading the investigation, but has deferred all comment to the AG's office.

Police have only said that Mazzaglia and Marriott were known to each other, but have not confirmed how. Family and friends said Marriott was on her way to visit a female friend on Mill Street the night she disappeared and have said Mazzaglia was the girl's boyfriend.

Young has declined to comment on whether other arrests are expected in the case.

Although Marriott had only just started her first semester at UNH, her death has affected the entire campus community.

Hundreds of students attended a remembrance service for Marriott on the lawn of Thompson Hall on Thursday afternoon to offer their condolences to the family and pay their respects.

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:28 AM

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Fish and Game launch planned dive to find 'Lizzi' Marriott's body

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

PORTSMOUTH — Prescott Park and Peirce Island are closed off to public traffic today due to a planned dive to search for body of college student.

Jane Young, Associate Attorney General in N.H., reports the Fish and Game launched their planned dive today to search for the body of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott after her murder nearly two weeks ago.

“We haven't calculated the expenses yet,” Young, told Foster's Monday as the search for Marriott entered its 11th day following her disappearance Oct. 9.

She said right now “the focus is on finding Lizzi.”

She also said there is no standard protocol in cases such as these and that the individual case itself determines what type of search is warranted and its duration.

As of last week, aircraft has been assisting the New Hampshire Fish and Game and Marine Patrol as well as Maine Marine Patrol, the Coast Guard and a number of volunteers in canvassing the grounds and water for Marriott's body.

While she could not comment on the details of this specific case as the investigation remains active and open, Young said there have been a number of homicides in the past that have taken some time to locate the body.

In 2011, a days-long search resulted in the discovery of 11-year-old Selena Cass in a Connecticut River dam near her home in Stewartstown near the Vermont border.

The vehicle of Krista Dittmeyer was located near a snowmaking pond near Cranmore Mountain where her body had been disposed.

Dover resident Seth Mazzaglia, 29, has been charged and arraigned in connection with Marriott's death. He is currently being held without bail at Strafford County House of Corrections. Officials believe he either strangled or suffocated Marriott in his Sawyer Mills apartment, though investigators have not revealed the evidence they believe points to Marriott's murder or why the search has continued to be conducted in the area of Peirce Island.
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Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

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NH judge refuses to release documents on Lizzi Marriott's slaying

By Paula J. Owen

Thursday, November 1, 2012

As the search continues for Elizabeth 'Lizzi' Marriott's body, Dover trial court Judge Stephen M. Morrison has denied requests by media outlets to release new documents in the case, according to court officials.

Judge Morrison heard arguments by media outlets for the release of court documents relating to the killing of the University of the New Hampshire student Monday.

The judge reached a decision yesterday and announced this afternoon that he had denied release of the documents.

Judge Morrison heard arguments from Foster's Daily Democrat and the New Hampshire Union Leader — both are asking the judge to unseal all or part of the documents in the case, including arrest and search warrants obtained during the investigation into Ms. Marriott's death and any supporting police affidavits.

The Portsmouth Herald has also petitioned the court for access to those records, Foster's reports.

Lawyers from the state's attorney general's office argued that releasing the documents could jeopardize the ongoing investigation by local and state police and could also hamper the state's preparation for a grand jury indictment.

Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, N.H., is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Ms. Marriott, a Westboro native.

Authorities believe Ms. Marriott, 19, was strangled and/or suffocated the evening of Oct. 9 in Mr. Mazzaglia's home at 1 Mill St., Apt. 341.

Authorities said Ms. Marriott and Ms. Mazzaglia knew each other.

He is held without bail at the Stafford County House of Correction in Dover.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 05:14 PM

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Search for Marriott's body resumes

PORTSMOUTH — A lone Marine Patrol boat was back in the waters around Peirce Island on Wednesday, performing visual surveillance as the search for the body of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott continued.

Associate Attorney General Jane Young said the boat's "primary function" was to perform visual surveillance, and that while additional assets such as underwater cameras and aircraft are available, they are not being utilized at this time.

It has been nearly a month since Marriott, 19, disappeared Oct. 9. Authorities allege Seth Mazzaglia, 29, of 1 Mill St., Dover, strangled and/or suffocated her and dumped her body in the river at Peirce Island.

Young said it was difficult to predict the effect Monday's storm had on the search around Peirce Island, given the strength of the currents in the Piscataqua River and the winds and waves the storm brought to the area. She said investigators were deferring to Marine Patrol on how best to proceed with the search.

"Marine Patrol knows these waters better than anybody," she said. "We have to follow what Marine Patrol thinks is the best course."

Young said Marine Patrol will continue visual searches in the foreseeable future, although it may be pulled away by other significant events, such as last week's sinking of the tugboat Benjamin Bailey at the Memorial Bridge construction site.

In recent weeks, volunteers have assisted with the search. On Sunday, members of the N.H. League of Investigators and the Mission for the Missing brought cadaver search dogs into the area in hopes of locating Marriott's body.

"I think any assistance in this case and in any case is appreciated," Young said.

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Support for Kelsey's Bill

Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 11:31 pm

BY JIM MORRISON

The murder of a University of New Hampshire student from Westboro has renewed interest in Kelsey's Bill, a law that would streamline the process of obtaining cellphone records of people believed to be in danger.

"As a parent and a law enforcement officer, I support the bill", North Attleboro Police Chief John Reilly said. "There is nothing more devastating to a community than the loss of a child."

The bill, named after a Kansas murder victim, would give police quick access to cellphone records to allow them to track missing persons.

The issue became news again when Elizabeth Marriott, a Westboro resident and freshman at the University of New Hampshire went missing in October.

Police were able to establish her last known location based on her cellphone.

Authorities later said Marriott was dead and an acquaintance has been charged in her murder.

State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, R-Taunton, filed the cellphone bill in the 2011-12 legislative session. Although it had 24 sponsors, it didn't pass.

The law is named for Kelsey Smith, a Kansas teen who was abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled in 2010.

Kelsey's cellphone service provider refused to release her cellphone information to law enforcement for four days after she was reported missing.

When the provider finally relented, it took police just 45 minutes to find her body.

Seven states, including New Hampshire, have enacted versions of Kelsey's Law, since it was first passed in Kansas in 2009.

Since 2005, the Federal Communications Commission has required manufacturers to include GPS receivers in all cellphones. That allows first-responders to pinpoint the location of 911 callers in an emergency.

Police in Massachusetts can request that information from cellphone providers, though in some cases a subpoena is required.

Officials with five area police departments interviewed for this report say cellphone providers have been cooperative.

But local law enforcement officials still would like to see a version of Kelsey's Law passed in Massachusetts.

"We absolutely support the law," Norfolk police Lt. Jonathan Carroll said. "Just last Sunday, we received a report that a 19-year-old woman was texting suicidal threats. We were able to determine her location from her cellphone provider and get her to help."

Norton Police Chief Brian Clark called the bill another tool for law enforcement.

"Anything that would provide information about the whereabouts of a person in danger would be beneficial," he said.

Wrentham Police Chief James Anderson agreed.

"I'm all in favor of any tool we can use to enhance our investigations," he said.

O'Connell, who is running for re-election, said she plans to file an updated version of the bill in the next legislative session if she is re-elected.

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Two months later, Marriott’s body still missing

By Corinne Holroyd

Published: Friday, December 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012 00:12

New Hampshire officials, including Marine Patrols, are still searching for the body of UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott two months after her disappearance in October, according to New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley.

“[The marine patrol’s] primary function is visual surveillance for Ms. Marriott,” Hinckley said.

Initially, officials – including UNH Police — announced that Marriott went missing on Oct. 9 after texting a friend that she was going to visit friends in Dover. Authorities soon began to search for her and her car, which was later found in a UNH campus parking lot.

Police arrested 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover on Saturday, Oct. 13, in connection with Marriott’s murder. Officials focused their search for Marriott’s body in the area around Peirce Island in Portsmouth.

Mazzaglia’s second-degree murder charge alleges that he “recklessly caused the death of Elizabeth Marriott … under circumstances manifested in extreme indifference to the value of human life by strangling her and or suffocating her.”

The charge also alleged that Marriott was murdered in Mazzaglia’s Dover apartment at 1 Mill St. on the same day she went missing.

On Monday, Oct. 15, Mazzaglia offered no plea via video feed from the Strafford Country House of Corrections during his arraignment in the Dover Circuit Court.

Mazzaglia also waived his right to a probable cause hearing, which would have been held Oct. 29. The court would have had to decide if there was enough evidence for a trial, but the decision is no longer required.

On Nov. 1, Dover Circuit Court Judge Stephen Morrison denied requests by Foster’s Daily Democrat, The Union Leader and the Portsmouth Herald to unseal documents in the investigation into Marriott’s death. According to Morrison, the documents will remain sealed in order to preserve the need for a fair trial for Mazzaglia, as well as to protect the integrity of possible witnesses’ statements.

“[A] great concern is that if these affidavits are released, witnesses would tailor their statements to fit what they believe to be the facts of the case,” Morrison wrote in his order.

Mazzaglia is currently awaiting trial at the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover for second-degree murder. A second-degree murder charge requires the suspect to have knowingly caused a death and showed an extreme indifference to the value of life. This charge holds a possible life sentence in prison.

Neither the Dover Police Department – which is handling the case – nor Hinckley and the attorney general’s office could comment on the progress of the case against Mazzaglia, as the investigation is still “pending,” according to Hinckley.

Mazzaglia graduated from UNH in 2006 with a degree in theater. Authorities have not released how Marriott and Mazzaglia knew each other, but told the public that they were familiar and it was not a random incident.

Marriott was a sophomore marine biology major from Westborough, Mass., in her first semester at UNH after transferring from Manchester Community College. She commuted to campus from her aunt’s house in Chester.

Anyone with information relating to the case or the search is encouraged to contact the Dover Police Department at 603-742-4646. Anonymous tips may be made to their crime line at 603-749-6000.
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December 26, 2012 4:30 PM

(CBS/AP) DERRY, N.H. - A New Hampshire woman lied to investigators about her whereabouts and involvement in the disappearance and death of the college student her boyfriend is accused of killing, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Kathryn McDonough is charged with conspiracy and hindering the apprehension or prosecution of those responsible for the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott in October. McDonough, also 19, appeared in Derry District Court via a video link from jail, where she has been since her arrest Christmas Eve.

Judge John Coughlin set bail at $35,000 and set a condition of McDonough's release that she live with her parents in Portsmouth.

Marriott, a University of New Hampshire sophomore from Westborough, Mass., who was living with relatives in Chester, vanished on Oct. 9 after telling family members she was going to visit friends in Dover and would return home before midnight. Her cellphone was last used just after 10 p.m. that night. Her body has yet to be found.

Four days after Marriott was last heard from, 30-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover was charged with second-degree murder in her death. Prosecutors say he either strangled or suffocated Marriott.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said Wednesday in court that Marriott's body still has not been found "in no small part because of Ms. McDonough's participation in the alleged conspiracy."

Hinckley said McDonough made "an intentional attempt to disrupt the criminal process."

Court documents allege that McDonough and Mazzaglia conspired to give investigators a false alibi about their whereabouts the night of Oct. 9 and told them they had no interaction with Marriott that night.

The arrest warrant affidavits for both McDonough and Mazzaglia remained sealed and Hinckley would not elaborate Wednesday on the alibi they provided or other details of the investigation into Marriott's death.

Prosecutors won't say what evidence they have to support their convictions that Marriott is dead and that Mazzaglia killed her.

Hinckley said McDonough was Mazzaglia's girlfriend at the time of Marriott's disappearance.

McDonough's lawyer, Ryan Russman, who sat alongside his client during the arraignment, said she is "obviously concerned. Who wouldn't be?"

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Judge grants extension in Elizabeth Marriott murder case

By JIM HADDADIN

Monday, January 7, 2013

DOVER — A Strafford County judge has granted prosecutors more time to build their case against murder suspect Seth Mazzaglia.

The 30-year-old from Dover has been charged in connection with the death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott. Mazzaglia has been held in jail since his arrest in October on a second-degree murder charge.

On Jan. 2., a superior court judge signed off on a request from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office for an extension of the time by which they must bring an indictment against Mazzaglia. Prosecutors now have until the end of February to present their case to a grand jury.

In a motion filed Dec. 14 in Strafford County Superior Court, Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley wrote that the state was requesting additional time in order to interview witnesses and finish “certain investigative steps” in connection with the case.

“In particular, the State notes that witness interviews, and further investigative leads deriving therefrom, are actively occurring,” a court motion states. “So too are forensic testings pertaining to a variety of matters, which it is believed will provide additional pertinent information.”

The state is also seeking additional time in order to assess which charges are appropriate to bring against Mazzaglia during the grand jury proceeding, according to the motion.

Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student, was last seen on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is presumed dead. Prosecutors allege Marriott was either strangled or suffocated by Mazzaglia inside his apartment on Mill Street the night she went missing.

The first new development in the case in the last several weeks came on Monday, Dec. 24, when police arrested a second person in connection with Marriott's death.

Portsmouth resident Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, 19, is accused of lying to police about her whereabouts and interaction with Marriott on the night Marriott went missing.

McDonough, a Portsmouth resident, was engaged in a romantic relationship with Mazzaglia before Marriott's disappearance, prosecutors have confirmed.

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AG’s office seeks second extension in Elizabeth Marriott murder case

By Sara Mulkeen

Posted Feb 04, 2013 @ 12:10 PM

Dover, N.H. — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office last week filed a motion requesting a second extension in the time allowed to indict Seth Mazzaglia, the man accused of killing Westborough resident Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley said today he asked to delay the proceeding until the grand jury sits in April.

“We still have investigation we want to conduct,” he said. “We have to give serious pause to what charges we want to present.”

The Attorney General’s office had 90 days to present its second-degree murder case against Mazzaglia from the time he waived his probable cause hearing in October, but a Strafford County, N.H. judge granted an initial extension on Jan. 2, which postponed the expected proceeding date to some time in February.

Hinckley said he hopes the judge will rule on the motion for a second extension before the grand jury convenes Feb. 14.

Hinckley said he could not comment on any details of the grand jury meeting because it is a “secret proceeding,” but noted it is “likely” that court documents pertaining to investigation into Marriott’s death will be unsealed “fairly soon after the grand jury hands down a ruling.”

Senior Associate Attorney General Jane Young early in the investigation said documents were sealed to “protect the integrity of the case.”

Meanwhile, New Hampshire Marine Patrol continues to search for the body of 19-year-old Marriott, who was allegedly suffocated or strangled to death by Mazzaglia in his Dover, N.H. apartment in October.

Marriott was living with extended family in Chester, N.H. while attending the University of New Hampshire as a marine biology major.

Authorities said several days after Marriott disappeared on Oct. 9 they had “credible evidence” she was deceased and that her body was placed in the Piscataqua River off of Peirce Island in Portsmouth, N.H.

Mazzaglia’s girlfriend at the time, 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough, of Portsmouth, N.H., was charged on Dec. 24 with hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution after she allegedly lied to police during their investigation into Marriott’s disappearance.

McDonough waived her probable cause hearing in January and is set to appear before the grand jury in March, Hinckley said.
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New Hampshire woman indicted in Elizabeth Marriott case
Kathryn McDonough charged in connection with University of New Hampshire student death

Published  3:51 PM EDT Apr 10, 2013

BRENTWOOD, N.H. —A 19-year-old woman has been indicted on charges that she lied about her whereabouts the day a University of New Hampshire student was killed last year.

Kathryn "Kat" McDonough of Portsmouth was indicted in Rockingham Superior Court this month on felony charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension or prosecution and witness tampering,

Prosecutors say McDonough lied when she told investigators she had no contact with Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott on Oct. 9 - the day prosecutors say Seth Mazzaglia strangled or suffocated the UNH sophomore at his Dover apartment. Prosecutors say McDonough also gave a false alibi for her and Mazzaglia's whereabouts.
   
McDonough also allegedly told another woman to lie to investigators.
   
Marriott's body has not been found.
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Indictment details Elizabeth Marriott's murder

By Jim Haddadin

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DOVER — Dover resident Seth Mazzaglia has been indicted on first- and second-degree murder charges in the death of University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott.

Court documents made public Tuesday indicate Mazzaglia used a rope to strangle Marriott, a 19-year-old UNH sophomore, on Oct. 9, 2012, the day she was last seen alive. He then allegedly used Marriott's car to transport Marriott's body to Peirce Island in Portsmouth and dump her remains into the Piscataqua River.

Mazzaglia faces two alternate theory charges of first-degree murder. One alleges simply that he strangled Marriott. A second charge alleges Mazzaglia killed her by strangling Marriott before, during, or after an attempt to sexually assault her on that same evening. Under that theory, Mazzaglia allegedly attempted to engage in sexual contact while overcoming Marriott with violence, physical force or “superior physical strength.”

A grand jury seated in Strafford County last week also handed up indictments against 30-year-old Mazzaglia on a charge of second-degree murder, and a charge of conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution.

According to court documents, Mazzaglia and his then-girlfriend, Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, used a suitcase to transport Marriott's body to Peirce Island. They then allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to deceive police, which involved dumping the suitcase and pieces of Marriott's clothing and their own clothing into various dumpsters. They are also accused of depositing Marriott's car in a UNH parking lot.

Marriott was murdered sometime before 11:05 p.m., according to court documents. After her death, McDonough allegedly used her cell phone to send a text message to Marriott's phone asking why Marriott failed to show up at the Dover apartment she shared with Mazzaglia.

The pair also allegedly deleted text messages on their own cell phones in which they discussed the visit. Prosecutors say they dumped Marriott's body in the river sometime between Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. They also allegedly broke Marriott's cell phone and GPS navigation system and “disposed” of the products.

Police say both a suitcase and a tarp that were used to transport Marriott's body, and the rope used to kill her, were discarded in various dumpsters.

Mazzaglia and McDonough allegedly “concocted a false alibi” about their whereabouts on Oct. 9 and their interaction with Marriott. Prosecutors say they planned to tell police Marriott had died accidentally during a consensual sexual encounter. They are accused of lying to police on or about Oct. 12, 2012, when they were interviewed in Newington.

McDonough, of Portsmouth, also allegedly told members of Mazzaglia's criminal defense team later in October that Marriott had died during a consensual sex act.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin declined to comment Tuesday on whether prosecutors are pursuing the theory that Marriott was a willing participant in the encounter in which she died.

“I think the indictments speak for themselves. I'm not going to comment beyond what they say,” Strelzin said.

He cautioned that there's “certainly nothing in there” that would give anyone reason to think the sexual encounter was consensual.

In a statement released to Foster's Tuesday, the Marriott family said it was satisfied with the indictments.

“The past several months have been very difficult for the Marriott family and the next several days will be very trying,” the statement reads. “The criminal case is expected to last for quite some time but the Marriott family is resolute in its demand for justice for Lizzi as well as its defense of Lizzi's life and legacy.”

Through their attorney, the Marriott family also attacked the notion that the sexual encounter on Oct. 9 was consensual. The family called it “reprehensible” and “salacious” to suggest Marriott's murder took place during a “bizarre, abnormal consensual act.”

“The statements are a complete fabrication and are more indicative of Mr. Mazzaglia's twisted sense of reality and responsibility as opposed to Lizzi's character and the life she led for 19 years,” a family statement reads.

Marriott was planning to see a female friend after leaving campus in Durham at about 9 p.m., family members told Foster's last year. She was planning to visit a friend who lived in an apartment on Mill Street with her boyfriend.

McDonough, now 20, became acquainted with Marriott while they were working together at a local Target. Before her arrest, she was living with Mazzaglia at the Sawyer Mill Apartments on Mill Street.

McDonough was arrested in December, and indicted this month by a Rockingham County grand jury on charges of witness tampering, hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to do the same. In court documents, prosecutors alleged that McDonough contacted a woman named Roberta Gerkin 29 days after Marriott's disappearance and asked her to deny that she visited Mazzaglia's apartment in Dover on Oct. 9, 2012.


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Marriott murder suspect waives arraignment

By Jim Haddadin

Thursday, May 2, 2013

DOVER — The Dover man accused of strangling Elizabeth Marriott inside his apartment has waived his scheduled arraignment today on murder charges.

Seth Mazzaglia, 30, was set to appear in superior court this morning at 9 a.m. after being indicted by a Strafford County grand jury. His attorneys from the New Hampshire Public Defender's office submitted paperwork earlier in the week to forego the hearing.

The decision came as two newspapers asked the court to unseal records in the case that have been shielded from public view for approximately six months. The documents are expected to shed light on what Mazzaglia and his girlfriend told police after Marriott was killed.

Mazzaglia faces three charges alleging he strangled Marriott to death with a rope on Oct. 9, the night she was last seen alive. The charges propose different theories of his mental state during the crime.

Foster's Daily Democrat filed a petition in the 7th Circuit Court in Dover last week requesting access to a variety of court records that remain under seal. They include the search and arrest warrants obtained by police before Mazzaglia was taken into custody.

The New Hampshire Union Leader also filed a motion in the 7th Circuit Court in Dover asking a judge to reconsider his earlier decision to keep the records sealed.

Prosecutors are also asking the court to unseal the records; however, a disagreement over jurisdiction has thrown a hitch into the process.

The state has no objection to unsealing the records, but prosecutors want a superior court judge to rule on the request. They filed a motion in Strafford Superior Court April 24 asking a judge to unseal the documents.

The murder case against Mazzaglia technically moved to Strafford Superior Court when Mazzaglia waived his probable cause hearing last year. Nevertheless, some documents are physically stored at the 7th Circuit Court.

The attorney general's office asked the 7th Circuit Court in Dover to deny requests from Foster's and the Union Leader, since “this Court no longer has jurisdiction over this case ... ”

But the superior court declined to intervene. On April 30, Judge Brian T. Tucker ordered that the attorney general's request is “moot,” since the trial court will rule on the issue.

“It is the [Superior] Court's understanding through the Clerk's office that the District Court Division of the Circuit Court intends to retain jurisdiction over those documents,” Tucker wrote.

Mazzaglia was indicted in April on two first-degree murder charges: one alleges he “purposely” caused Marriott's death; a second claims he “knowingly” caused her death before, during or after a sexual assault.

A Strafford County grand jury also returned an indictment on a second-degree murder charge, alleging Mazzaglia “recklessly” caused Marriott's death, with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

A fourth indictment accuses him of working with his girlfriend to try to deceive police. Mazzaglia allegedly discarded Marriott's body into the waters off Peirce Island in Portsmouth, then tried to throw away the evidence that would tie him to the crime.

Prosecutors say Mazzaglia and Kathryn “Kat” McDonough also concocted a plan to tell police that Marriott had died during a consensual sexual encounter at their apartment on Mill Street.

McDonough was arrested in December, and indicted last month by a Rockingham County grand jury on charges of witness tampering, hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to do the same. In court documents, prosecutors alleged that McDonough contacted a woman named Roberta Gerkin 29 days after Marriott's disappearance and asked her to deny that she visited Mazzaglia's apartment in Dover on Oct. 9, 2012.

The prosecutors assigned to Mazzaglia's case include Peter R. Hinckley and Geoffrey W.R. Ward. Mazzaglia's defense team includes attorneys Joachim H. Barth, Melissa L. Davis and Linda J. Slamon, of the New Hampshire Public Defender's office in Dover.


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June 24, 2013 11:46 AM

PORTSMOUTH — Police are investigating the discovery of some teeth on Peirce Island by someone who said the teeth appear human in origin.

Portsmouth police were notified about the finding on Saturday at 9:06 p.m., when a Somersworth resident said he and his family found four teeth “that appear to be human” while on Peirce Island earlier that day.

Police Chief Stephen DuBois said Monday that the discovery is being investigated by his detectives division which will seek further review by a forensics expert.

While state investigators are alleging that suspects connected to the Oct. 9, 2012 disappearance of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott said they dumped Marriott's body on or around Peirce Island, police are not connecting the discovery of the teeth with the Marriott incident at this time.


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Judge targets 2014 for Elizabeth Marriott murder trial
 

By Jim Haddadin , FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT

June 26, 2013

DOVER, N.H. — Lawyers for Seth Mazzaglia, the man accused of murdering college student Elizabeth Marriott of Westboro, want his trial to begin in six months, but New Hampshire prosecutors are requesting more time.

At a hearing Wednesday, Mr. Mazzaglia's court-appointed attorneys asked a judge to schedule Mr. Mazzaglia's trial in January 2014. But Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley lobbied for a June trial date, explaining that prosecutors will be tied up in the coming year with unrelated cases.

Mr. Hinckley will be presenting murder charges against Fearrie Ray, a New York woman accused of stabbing a man to death at his apartment in Ashland in 2010.

Geoffrey Ward, another prosecutor working Mr. Mazzaglia's case, is scheduled for a separate murder trial in January 2014.

Judge John Lewis considered the arguments Wednesday during a pretrial conference in Strafford County Superior Court. Mr. Hinckley said prosecutors have already provided Mr. Mazzaglia's defense team with the bulk of the investigatory documents used in the case, with the exception of some forensic test results, which are not yet available. Public Defender Joachim Barth said defense attorneys are still sorting out two areas of concern regarding discovery materials with the state, although it's expected they'll reach a resolution.

Both sides agreed the trial is likely to take a week and a half, plus another week for jury selection. Judge Lewis set new deadlines for some of the pretrial procedures in the case, and also set a date in September by which the parties must present any motions to suppress evidence allowed into the trial.

Mr. Mazzaglia is accused of using a rope to strangle Ms. Marriott inside his apartment on Oct. 9, 2012, then discarding her body in the waters off of Peirce Island in Portsmouth.

Mr. Mazzaglia initially denied any involvement in Ms. Marriott's death, but later confessed, under questioning, to strangling the University of New Hampshire sophomore, according to a police affidavit.

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fter being incarcerated for approximately six months, Mr. Mazzaglia was indicted on murder charges by a grand jury in May.

Prosecutors have laid out several theories of the crime. One first-degree murder count alleges Mr. Mazzaglia "purposely" strangled Ms. Marriott to death with a rope; another asserts he "knowingly" caused her death in the course of a sexual assault.

Mr. Mazzaglia was also indicted on a second-degree murder charge, which alleges he "recklessly" caused Ms. Marriott's death with extreme indifference to the value of human life.

Prosecutors have also charged Mr. Mazzaglia and his girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth, with trying to deceive police.

After disposing of Ms. Marriott's body, the pair allegedly drove Ms. Marriott's car to a UNH parking lot, then walked home to Dover, discarding evidence that would tie them to the crime along the way.

At the conclusion of Wednesday's court proceeding, Mr. Hinckley was asked by a reporter to comment on the news that at least one tooth was recently found in the area of Peirce Island.

The discovery was made by a Somersworth resident, who notified police. On Monday, Foster's learned the tooth does not appear to be human, since it is considered to be too large.

"Frankly, I don't know why I'm getting calls with respect to the teeth," Mr. Hinckley said Wednesday. "It's entirely speculative, and I think it does a disservice to her family, who's hurting very much from the loss of their daughter, to draw any type of connection between the two. The search is still ongoing by harbor patrol, but I have no further comment on that." 


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